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Detroit Free Press:
If The Count of Monte Cristo doesn't transform Caviezel into a movie star, then the game is even more rigged than it was two centuries ago.
Dallas Morning News:
Audiences and readers began cheering Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo in 1846, and goodwill likely will continue through the tale's latest movie reincarnation.
Los Angeles Times:
When Wolpert's thudding dialogue is combined with Reynolds' tendency to direct things in the most bald-faced way, the results are not good.
It's a fine, old-fashioned-movie movie, which is to say it's unburdened by pretensions to great artistic significance.
An unexpectedly entertaining slice of old-fashioned swashbuckle, the kind of sweeping, periodically absurd picture that was cranked out on an assembly line in the 1940s.
There's a thin line between likably old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy, and The Count of Monte Cristo ... never quite settles on either side.
Globe and Mail:
All in all, it's a pretty good execution of a story that's a lot richer than the ones Hollywood action screenwriters usually come up with on their own.
Its lack of quality earns it a place alongside those other two recent Dumas botch-jobs, The Man in the Iron Mask and The Musketeer.
This is the kind of movie that used to be right at home at the Saturday matinee, and it still is.
The classic book had a lot of complex, smart things to say about revenge. The movie doesn't.
San Francisco Chronicle:
This new movie version of the Alexandre Dumas classic is the stuff of high romance, brought off with considerable wit.
A preposterous, expansive and self-conscious attempt to resurrect the historical spectacular.
A rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with an abundance of vigorous action and nary a trace of wink-wink irony.
The week's guilty pleasure ... a gorgeously photographed, sumptuously designed adaptation of the Dumas swashbuckler boasting the most ludicrous dialogue since director Kevin Reynolds's Waterworld.